Of all the destinations we visited during our honeymoon, Borneo was absolutely our favourite. It was unlike any place I’d ever been before and a had a truly other wordly feel to it. Every second we were there, felt like we were experiencing something magical that we knew we’d never experience again, and as such I was desperate to soak up every single moment. It’s probably why it’s the place I’ve been most excited to start blogging about, not least because I also couldn’t write any travel diaries while we there (we were in the depths of the jungle for the most part without access to wifi) like the other stages of our honeymoon.
For one reason or another, it’s now been seven months since we departed this magical land and I’m only just getting around to documenting it here on the blog. Just as well travel content is evergreen huh? Of course the memories are just as vivid as they ever were, and so travelling back and reliving the moments is going to be lovely.
We started our time in Borneo with a few days in Sepilok, and stayed at the Sepilok Nature Resort which is on the grounds of the Orangutan Sanctuary. I’d absolutely recommend both visiting this sanctuary and staying at this resort if you ever find yourself in Borneo as both were unforgettable experiences. GB has always wanted to see Orangutans so this was our main reason for choosing Borneo as our final destination and to be able to stay within their natural habitat was incredible. We spent our days watching them in the sanctuary, as well as visiting the sun-bear sanctuary near by, and our evenings in the wild tropical paradise of the resort, taking part in night treks and watching monkeys try and steal our dinner. I’ll share some pictures of the animals in a separate post as both sanctuary’s were incredible and having never found myself so close to a wild animal before, it was a hugely humbling experience.
For now I thought I’d share some snaps from where we stayed, and a cute little pink dress I wore for dinner one evening. We had actually expected our location and accommodation to be extremely basic, as we paid a pittance for it (Borneo is incredibly cheap) but although it was by no means a 5 star hotel, it was much more equipped than we’d imagined and we had a wonderful stay. The food was incredible, the staff friendly and our little wooden hut, complete with deck and hammock, delightful.
The weather in Borneo was much wetter and more tropical than either Bali or Australia. It would often get quite muggy during the day but then without fail most days around lunchtime the heavens would open for ten minutes and clear everything. After hot afternoons, the evenings were wonderful (apart from the mozzies) – clear, balmy and starlit. Seeing as on our first night we partook in a night trek through the surrounding jungle looking out for animals and insects (where I went out looking like Bear Grylls in my leech socks, wellies and cargo pants), I decided to dress up a little for our last night at the resort. We had dinner on the deck overlooking the lake before walking over the water to a cocktail bar and restaurant on the other side of jungle and sat outside drinking mojitos in the middle of the Bornean wilderness. It was unreal!
I picked up this pink maxi dress from H&M just before I left as I loved the back. Luckily the amount of food I’d consumed so far on the honeymoon hadn’t yet taken effect to my wedding figure so the dress hung just right. Seeing as I had to beware of more creepy crawlies in Borneo, I teamed it with Converse to keep it casual (and protect my ankles) and then threw on an old New Look kimono for when it got colder (and for maximum swishing).
More from our time with the animals soon!
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P.S sorry for the fuzzy quality of these photos – my camera didn’t seem to do so well in extreme heat!